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John A Paulding Grave
Pacific County, Washington

Contributed by T Sheldon, Aug 28, 2000 [tsheldon@tss.net]]. Total records = 1.

Transcribed by T Sheldon this 30th day of May, 2000,

Location: approx. Sec 28 T10N R11W On the Wallicut River. According to the great-granddaughter of John Paulding, she recites, "In the spring of 1853, John and Ann (Dillon) Paulding and their six children reached the Pudding River near Champoeg, OR to join their relatives, the Murphy family. Here they rented and operated a ferry and also made shingles. In Sep of 1853, Paulding and his son Walter, age 14, started in a skiff from Oregon City for Pacific County. Thirty miles above Baker's Bay they fell in with Capt. Allen's scow, in which they completed their trip to Wallicut River. On board this scow they became acquainted with Mark Bullard who was bringing four oxen into the county. Landing at the home of Pickernell (alias John Edmonds) they looked about and located a claim east of Tarlett Creek, near the junction of the present highway to Long Beach with the Chinook cutoff. Walter stayed with Capt. Allen's family while his father went after the remainder of the family. A man named Colville had a claim on the Wallicut River near Feister's and with the Pauldings stayed until they could move onto their own place. The claim, being a deserted one, had a log housepartially built. Mr. Paulding and two of the boys went there and camped to make it liveable. While there the father, John A. Paulding, was taken sick and died, and as was customary then, was buried on the place. The family went to Meldrum's for a while, then when Jehu Scudder died, his wife went to OR and the Pauldings moved into the Scudder house."

PAULDING, John, d. 16 Nov 1853

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